Bridge of Dragons Reviews
Its a weird flick set in an odd future where the baddies dress in Nazi uniforms (lol! unintended I'm sure), there is a king and Princess and everything has a 'Mad Max' feel to it. The action sequences are terrible as usual with some of the worst extras I've seen, but there are some nice martial arts moves from Cary, Shane (warrior princess) and Dolph. The film does have a slight Japanese/Chinese manga/martial arts movie feel running through at times which does save it ever so slightly but the dodgy chopper sequences ruin any chance of redemption.
The plot has been used many times before, such as in the earlier Dolph Lundgren film Red Scorpion, but this time around theres little boredom and rather a large amount of action, which by direct-to-video standards is fairly decent.
Also, Dolph Lundgren gave a half decent performance so that added a bit to the film too.
So in the end, Bridge of Dragons is one of the better direct-to-video action flicks from Dolph Lundgren's career and it was worth checking out.
For the rest it's an generic action movie.
What makes this one better than Lundgren‚??s other action films such as Sweepers or Red Scorpion is the story. The movie is a classic ‚??evil man wants to marry the princess and take over the throne‚?? type story like Robin Hood.
Combine that old medieval story with a dystopian future like setting with helicopters and guns and tons of martial arts fighting, and you have a surprisingly good B movie where everyone performs adequately.
Warchyld (Lundgren) has been given the task of finding the AWOL princess Halo (played by Chow, who for some reason goes by Rachel Shane here) by the evil warlord Reuchang (Tagawa). Along the way, trained killer falls for little hottie, and realizes his benefactor isn't such a nice guy after all. Said trained killer hooks up with rebel alliance and takes down the baddie, all the while getting the girl, Dolph style. Simple plot, right? What's most important to remember while watching this movie are the little details that make it so great- it's always fun when you're viewing something,and it looks like the sets and wardrobe are just taken from a dozen different movies and mixed together. In this "alternative future" setting, the mishmash of sets and clothes works to its advantage. You got WWII era uniforms mixing with clothes taken from 'Masters of the Universe, mix in some Road Warrior stuff with modern-day US army outfits, and bam! Pure B movie hilarity.
Lundgren plays this all with a straight face- the majority of the time. There are moments when I feel he's kind of nodding to the viewer and "in on the joke." Tagawa is equally classic as the bad guy, and delivers his usual great performance. He and Dolph square off for the second time here (the first being 'Showdown in Little Tokyo,' another Dolph classic), and I tell you, I'm waiting for part three anxiously. Oh yeah, did I mention the guy who gets caught humping the girl in the closet by Dalton in Road House is here, and he plays Dolph's buddy? Go ahead and rent this, you'll be so glad you did.